In a Personal Protection Order (PPO), the court orders an individual to stop threats or violence against you. According to the court rules, the proceeding to obtain an order is called a "personal protection action." The following describes the two types of PPOs:
(1) Domestic PPO - when the person you want protection from is:
- Your spouse or former spouse
- Someone with whom you have a child in common
- Someone you are dating or used to date
- Someone who lives now or has ever lived in the same household as you
- You must demonstrate to the Court that this person is interfering with your personal liberty or has threatened to or has committed violence against you.
(2) Stalking PPO - when the person you want protection from has engaged in a pattern of two or more non-continuous acts, without your consent, that make you feel threatened, harassed, frightened, or molested.
Note: you may not get either type of PPO against your minor child. Likewise, a minor child cannot obtain a PPO against a biological parent.